An experienced team appointed to the board of directors of EM DevCo | Midlands property news



A team of experienced property and investment professionals have been appointed to the East Midlands Development Company Board.

EM DevCo has assembled a team to support a long-term program centered on land development around East Midlands Airport, Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station and the Toton-Chetwynd Corridor.

The five new non-executive directors include Lucy Blasdale, former director of development at Homes England who will soon join Barratt David Wilson, Gary Colligan, architect and urban planner who founded spatial design firm Think Place, Ben Denton, managing director of L&G Affordable Homes, Imogen Ebbs, head of UK funds for the investment arm of insurance giant Aviva, and Adrian Turner, who runs consultancy firm Lagom.

They join representatives of local authorities on an independent council chaired by Sir Chris Haworth, the former commercial director of Carter Jonas.

Haworth said: “Together with our local authority partners, we now have a truly experienced team, who have joined at a pivotal time for EM DevCo. We have a series of large-scale opportunities ahead of us, our business partner comes to be announced, and the government has indicated its belief that the development company model will play a leading role in the upgrade.

“The mix of property, development and investment wisdom we now have alongside our local authority partners will enable us to provide expert advice to the DevCo as it explores the huge business potential of these sites and the contribution they can make to the growth of the regional economy.”

The announcement of private sector non-executive directors comes after EM DevCo revealed that Areli Developments – whose team has worked on sites such as Battersea Power Station in London and Gunwharf Keys in Portsmouth – has been appointed to advise on the commercial potential of the three sites.

Margie D. Carlisle